Festival of Beltane

A water-colour of Spring I painted

I remember clearly back in my junior school years the May Day celebrations. The First day of May was made more special because this was the day I started out on my Earth Journey this time around.  

Learning to dance around the Maypole was part of our village school tradition.. We would learn the various dances, weaving in and out to plat the brightly coloured ribbons in spiders webs and close weave patterns .Girl and Boy alternatively skipping around in and over each other to the lively Maypole music.

This is the beautiful Village I still call home even though I now no longer live there

  

 

The May Queen represents the ‘Maiden’ aspect the Feminine, beauty and youth. Living as I do now in Robin Hood country. One of the best known maids is Maid Marian. which could be denoted as manifestation of the Maiden Goddess of the Greenwood..  I am also reminded of the Green Man. and all he represents. 

The Maypole is the symbol of returning life connecting to living matter of Earth, the colourful ribbons and dances which weave in a spiral represent the eternal spirals of energy which come from the Sun..As we danced around the pole we would then unwind reversing the dance symbolising the returning of energy to the Universe in a never ending cycle or loop.. Of course back then as children we had no idea of its origins we just danced and enjoyed the lively music  and had no concept of its Pagan history. 

Once upon a time Maypoles stood upon most village greens but the Roundheads and Reformation put a stop to anything that bore a mark of Paganism or Popery.

I wasn’t until Charles II that the Maypole was reinstated and the tradition was taken up again on village greens..

May Day is the Ancient festival of Beltane. Beltane was the start of Summer and on the eve of May 1st Bonfires would be lit to herald in the return of fertility to the land. Fires meaning Life and Transformation,

One tradition was that young men and women would leap over the flames of the fires to get husbands and wives. Married women would leap to help them be more fertile and conceive and those who just wanted good luck would also jump. 

It was also the practice to drive cattle between two bonfires which was to help ensure a good milk yield ..In our present day lots of our traditions are being lost and we have lost much respect for Nature. In our village as children the community spirit held us all together we knew each other and would go out of our way to help a neighbour . A post I did previously  on this subject can be found here.

Many have lost touch with Nature,forgetting names of wild flowers and herbs, and natural healing properties that natures larder holds. 

Those ancient rituals not only served to honour the gifts Nature freely offered, but they also served in lifting the community up to a higher level of consciousness.Bringing Unity and Oneness as they each pulled together helping one another. 

The rites of passage are honoured throughout many cultures and our Ancient indigenous brothers and sisters knew that to honour our Earth Mother by living in balance within her seasons also meant that there would be a better chance for all to succeed and prosper. Some thing I think many have forgotten how to do today..  For many see Nature without a soul as science seems to be meddling within its boundaries which are having a knock on effect to how Nature itself is now reacting.. 

We are witnessing more storms, more unseasonal weather patterns, and I just hope that we wake up soon to the damage we are doing to our beloved Mother that has held us in her eternal arms for so long..We forget the power nature holds until we are faced with her floods, winds and storms.

Wishing you all a Happy Month of May

Blessings

 Sue 

    

 

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  1. Seenorway
    May 01, 2017 @ 00:25:31

    Losing touch with nature isn’t neglect, Sue, but the side effects of medicines taken over time usually described as the ‘cocktail effect’!. It just can’t be helped, the alternative being quite unacceptable! 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 10:03:31

      Yes so many people ‘Depressed’ into that cocktail of searching for the things to fill their lives with happiness… So many seeking it in material wealth.. Instead the treasures have surrounded us all along.. We have but to walk out and breathe in Natures gifts.. Thank you Svein.. Much love your way my good friend 🙂

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  2. slmret
    May 01, 2017 @ 00:33:22

    I went to college at Bryn Mawr College, which had many traditions based on early beliefs. One was a May Day celebration, maypole and all. We didn’t know of the above traditions, but the first President of the college was quoted to say that “Only our failures marry!”

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 10:05:16

      That made me smile my friend.. And yes so many traditions are lost and distorted through time.. Rejoicing in our Earth Mothers gifts has long been neglected by many.. Many thanks and I am pleased it brought back your college day memories 🙂

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  3. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com
    May 01, 2017 @ 00:40:35

    Happy Birthday!🎉🎊🎈
    I used to so much enjoy doing the May pole at school growing up! Your painting is beautiful!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 10:07:52

      Bless you Ka.. thank you.. I had a most lovely Long weekend.. And so many of us remember as children doing the Maypole.. In the village we grew up in back then the community was strong.. As we celebrated the Dressing of the wells in July. Which as children we all helped create.. Many thanks and I hope to catch up with everyone some time today.. 🙂

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  4. Paul Handover
    May 01, 2017 @ 00:44:09

    “We are witnessing more storms, more unseasonal weather patterns, and I just hope that we wake up soon to the damage we are doing to our beloved Mother that has held us in her eternal arms for so long..” just happens to be a great introduction to my post for May 1st.

    Indeed, I like those words of yours so much that I am going to update the post in the next few minutes so I can include them!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 10:11:09

      Many thanks Paul.. Yes I had a lovely Birthday and a long weekend of relaxing with modem turned off to enjoy family activities.. So many thanks for your inclusion.. And yes.. I have a feeling Mother Nature is stepping up a gear both ontop of our Earth and beneath. We need to listen and take heed..
      Hope you enjoyed your weekend also Paul. Yes Midweek already 🙂 I hope to catch up with you after moderating all my lovely comments gifted here.. 🙂

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  5. exoticnita54
    May 01, 2017 @ 00:50:00

    Sue.. that was really a beautiful painting of spring…

    The maypole..
    It’s been so long since I have seen one of those..
    thanks for the history..
    I never known the significance of it before..

    Enjoy the month of May..

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  6. thespiritkeeper
    May 01, 2017 @ 01:00:54

    May we celebrate the transitions of season and all the gifts they have to offer. Stay well.

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  7. Diane
    May 01, 2017 @ 01:10:36

    That’s an amazing historic story and to continue the tradition in the 20th Century is absolutely captivating. Much love in your story and thanks for sharing a part of the tradition of May. Diane xxoo

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  8. litebeing
    May 01, 2017 @ 01:12:20

    Happy Beltane and happy Solar Return Sue! I learned so much from this post about May Day. How cool to live in Robin Hood country. Do you watch Game of Thrones? i would imagine the show would remind you of that time period or the time of King Arthur.

    Enjoy May’s embrace and the time of your birth ❤

    love, Linda

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 10:26:08

      :-)Thank you Linda.. I had a wonderful B’day my friend.. and enjoyed a long weekend of being with family and friends.. The Game of Thrones I have heard of, but never watched.. a little too dramatic from the clips I have seen advertised.. And yes King Arthur and his Knights would indeed echo this drama.. And Robin Hood in the time of outlaws and much bloodshed.. Nothing has much changed through the centuries really..
      We have now exchanged swords for guns.. and arrows for bombs.. We still have much to learn as a species in this Game of Thrones as each head of nation does battle with another to show supremacy and control..
      While still the villages and towns get pillaged and raped.. And the innocent get caught in the battles of leaders who wage war for their own ends.. Sad really.. When you delve into the deep of our Human selves..

      So today I have an hours acupuncture .. Then more catching up here to do today.. 🙂 And Thank you again Linda I really did enjoy the embrace of MAY.. She gifted me so many flowers I will have to take a photo of them all and share..
      Big Smiles my friend..
      I hope you are well.. Will be catching up later with you..
      Much LOVE.. ❤
      Sue xxx

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  9. Heartafire
    May 01, 2017 @ 01:41:59

    This brings back wonderful memories Sue. Such beautiful art and videos. As a child we celebrated May Day the same way. The maypole and music . That is a thing of the past now. We so looked forward to May Day. Thank you for this lovely post. Your art is beautiful. Just today someone asked me online what God must think of what’s happening with the terrible weather events. It turns he is very religious and doesn’t believe in climate change. We are ignoring the harm we are doing to Mothet Earth .

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  10. Jennie
    May 01, 2017 @ 01:48:47

    Wonderful!

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  11. Trini Lind
    May 01, 2017 @ 02:17:31

    What an interesting read! I read about these traditions in Terry Pratchett’s books. Love such old pagan traditions! And now I feel like dancing around the maypole too! 😄😄. Hey, but wait a minute…..are you saying that your birthdays is May first?

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 12:53:35

      Big smiles as I envision you dancing around the Maypole Trini.. And yes it was my big day on May the 1st. And a wonderful day and long weekend its been. 🙂 Many thanks for reading Trini.. And you are like me. Love old tranditions.. and Terry Prathett was indeed the Wizard of magic in all of his wonderful books he weaved .. 🙂 ❤

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  12. dgkaye
    May 01, 2017 @ 03:22:26

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful history about the ancient beltane festival Sue. I do believe people are awakening. Time to welcome in the age of Aquarius. ❤ Happy May my friend. 🙂 xoxo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:00:30

      Thank you Debby.. Yes that is what I feel is happening right now.. We are seeing so many more waking up.. I had a lovely little piece of what I feel was channeled writing come to me in the middle of the night, ( as you do ) 🙂 .. Not a poem as is normal with me.. But poetic none the less..
      Saying its time.. as we join together now within our vibration..
      I hope to share it soon.. Lots of catch ups here to do first though.. Thank you I had a wonderful B’day and celebrations.. Sending Huge Hugs your way Debby.. Thank you ❤

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  13. Writing to Freedom
    May 01, 2017 @ 03:50:51

    Thanks for all the backstory on your village, Maypole & Beltane celebrations Sue. I agree that we’ve lost too much of our ancient wisdom and connection with mother earth, especially in the US where we wiped out the Native Americans and started new. Newness, freedom, and technology can only get us so far. We still need nature, other people, and cooperation.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:09:34

      I agree Brad.. The Native Americans were portrayed as the enemies.. when we know different.. And if you look through out every civilization around the word Brad the Indigenous peoples within their native homes have had their birthrights stolen from them .. From the Aborigine to those in the Amazon Rain Forests in Brazil.. To the Tibetans and Eskimos.. The true Romany Gypsies to, cast out.. These people are far more in tune with nature than we will ever be.. Maybe because their knowing takes them deeper to the truth of who we are.. For they have not forgotten their roots. And those who have stayed true to their roots, who have not been brainwashed and bruised by the modern day world know far more within, then ever we will with our technology and space travel gadgetry..
      Many thanks Brad.. I hope to catch up later with your own posts.. As I have had a few days away from the world of Blog xxx 🙂

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  14. ravenhawks magazine
    May 01, 2017 @ 04:18:15

    I too have fond memories of May Day. Here in the US where I grew up it was May Queens, May poles, picnics, ball games and finally a bonfire.

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  15. balroop2013
    May 01, 2017 @ 05:01:55

    What a lovely welcome to May Sue! Thanks for sharing the significance of Maypole dance and a wonderful video, I had never made an effort to watch this dance…some traditions and festivals are too cute to be abandoned!
    Informative and enlightening post! 🙂 Stay blessed.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:13:52

      Thank you Balroop.. Big smiles, and loved that you were able to watch the Maypole dancers.. It was something as a child we would always do.. Remembering the various routines as we weaved our many webs around the pole.. at times to our embarrassment getting it wrong and getting caught in knots lol.. as we went the wrong way to unwrap the tape ribbons.. 🙂 So pleased you enjoyed my friend.. Love and Blessings back my beautiful friend xx

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  16. Playamart - Zeebra Designs
    May 01, 2017 @ 05:09:19

    The town of your childhood years looks special, and seeing the Maypole celebration was a delight! I remember participating in one Maypole dance in Mississippi – and confess that we were novices! It’s nice to see it done well!

    May your day be a beautiful one!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:17:04

      Thank you Lisa.. the whole long weekend was a beautiful one.. With family and friends coming and calling.. Its wonderful to know the Maypole brought you so many wonderful memories that we still remember.. And yes the village I grew up in, still is a small and unspoiled as in the top video.. 🙂 Many thanks for your well wishes Lisa. 🙂 Love and Blessings right back xx

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  17. smilecalm
    May 01, 2017 @ 06:37:20

    thank you for being
    the calm, Sue
    before what’s next 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:20:54

      Arrgh yes.. ‘The what’s Next’ will indeed be interesting David.. But when one understands the what next is needed before the happy ever after, one can stay calm.. 🙂 In our knowing each now are doing our bit as we do our own ‘Dancing’ and ‘Remembering’ as we bring our own separate ‘ribbons’ of thoughts to weave together around the centre of our ONEness.. 🙂 just like the Maypole.. we are all coming back to the centre of our BEing.. 🙂
      Many thanks my friend… 🙂

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  19. belasbrightideas
    May 01, 2017 @ 09:10:10

    Happy Birthday, Sue! I love Loreena McKennett’s music celebrating the ancient rites of Spring. We were much more connected to the heart of the earth mother, once upon that time … Hawaiians celebrate May Day in style and have as long as I can remember. Grateful to be in a place that participates in rituals of this nature. Aloha and love 🌷🏡🌋💗

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  20. David
    May 01, 2017 @ 09:46:29

    Many thanks Sue for the history update, I guess we have all been there before if not in the past then in the remote past … some will have that recall and the rest still to remember. I have no regrets about the passage of time and the changes and challenges we enjoy right now for the past is gone the future is unknown and now is to live for which is why we call it the present. For me it is a Divine Gift and for that I live it in love. Love, David

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:29:41

      Wonderfully expressed David… Agreed.. Nostalgia on my part of those traditions that are dying out.. Always good to look back in fondness, and look forward with expectancy .. But to always be grounded in the now of Intention, knowing what we do in the Now are the outcomes of our tomorrows.. So the gift of the present must be Lived as one would wish to receive . For as we know.. All things go back to the source.. 😉
      Love and Blessings my friend.. 🙂

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  21. derrickjknight
    May 01, 2017 @ 11:13:03

    I don’t remember where, but there was at least one local village during my time at Newark that had a working maypole.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:31:46

      I would not be surprised, and have visited Newark on many occasions Derrick and loved a canal trip by the ruined castle too.. So the traditions of the outlying villages would no doubt still hold onto such wonderful traditions.. 🙂

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  22. michnavs
    May 01, 2017 @ 11:14:18

    Thanks for sharing this Sue ..i learned something from you today..

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  23. Mabel Kwong
    May 01, 2017 @ 12:30:07

    It is your birthday? Happy Birthday! It is also my birthday too. So cool that we share our birthdays on the first day of May 😀 I hope you had a good day.

    It sounds like so much fun dancing around the Maypole. So colourful, music, back when the world seemed so carefree. True that the world is facing many challenges these days and it is up to us to do our part to keep it sustainable. I like how you’re doing your part by making your meals more sustainable by planting your own crops. Fresh and fit for a better world 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:42:51

      Oh WOW.. How wonderful Mabel.. We share the same Birthday.. Big smiles and a Happy Belated Birthday to you Mabel.. Yes I had a long weekend of a succession of beautiful days, and only today returning to WP to catch up on all of your beautiful comments.. And yes growing our own veggies is part of helping sustain a better diet.. But also it connects us with nature.. We give back to nature too.. I think many now are understanding more the need to take care of our Mother Earth.. And I do feel more are joining in to help bring about more eco ways of living in harmony with our earth than polluting it..

      Lovely to see you and to be catching up with you.. I hope you too had a wonderful Birthday Mabel.. and will be catching up with you too once I work though the back log of comments.. Love and Warm HUGS to you xxx ❤

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      • Mabel Kwong
        May 05, 2017 @ 12:20:35

        Yes, so cool that we share the same birthday, Sue. When I lived in Asia, it was the Labour Day public holiday on our birthday…but this is not the case in Australia, haha.

        It’s so lovely to see you care for the environment. Growing veggies might be hard work but it is definitely much more sustainable for the planet and they taste much more delicious 😀

        Happy Birthday again. Wish I could give you some leftover cake from my birthday ❤

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  24. Dr. Rex
    May 01, 2017 @ 12:34:45

    Beautifully done! Happy birthday … 🙏🏽

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  25. Dr. Rex
    May 01, 2017 @ 12:36:16

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Happy May Day … get back in touch with Mother Nature! 🌺

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  26. peggyjoan42
    May 01, 2017 @ 14:17:00

    Enjoyed the video. Most people do not remember the May pole and its dance. I do because when I was 8 years old I participated in a May Pole dance in school. No one in the U.S. does this anymore that I know of. It was fun and a wonderful memory. Nice post Sue.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:54:02

      Hi Peggy.. Isn’t it great that we remember this tradition of the May Pole dance and we both learnt it within school.. And yes its a shame that these traditions are no longer being done and being lost.. But who knows.. As more and more wake up!.. Honoring our Earth Mother may well come back into ‘fashion’.. As we begin to see we have to work with nature and not against her..
      Much Love Peggy.. and I hope you are all well where you are.. I heard there were large Tornadoes that did a lot of damage and loss of life.. My thoughts went out to you and yours as I know you have these huge storms where your are..
      I will aim to catch up soon as I work my way through my comments list.. 🙂 Have a beautiful day Peggy xxx ❤

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      • peggyjoan42
        May 04, 2017 @ 13:51:55

        You amaze me Sue – I will call you Wonder Woman. How you live your life, garden, blog, and answer every comment on your blog is amazing. At times trying to keep up with my blog just seems to consume more time than I have. I love chatting with people from around the world. Yesterday when internet was out due to bad weather – it seems to take hours to catch up again. Summer with all its gardening and lawn chores is often taking most of my time. Ah – guess I will have to become a Wonder Woman like you. Lol

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          May 04, 2017 @ 14:09:25

          Lol.. thank you.. I could do with looking like Wonder Woman some days lol.. haha.. Went shopping this morning then spent an hour watering allotments with hubby back and forth.. I took more photos.. Then back put the washing on line.. Made lunch and I have a couple of hours in afternoon on my blog.. Somedays not at all.. Other times its evenings.. I never fully catch up though.. But I do like to answer each comment on my blogs.. And try my best to get back to people who leave comments.. And then work around the rest.. Yes I love connecting across the world.. The internet is amazing.. xxx And we have here within WP built up a good community of like minded people.. 🙂
          Glad you enjoyed xxx LOL

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  27. -Eugenia
    May 01, 2017 @ 14:31:54

    Your painting is lovely, Sue. I remember the May Pole dance in school. Thank you for stirring up some great memories.

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  28. Erika Kind
    May 01, 2017 @ 14:39:55

    This is true, many traditions got lost because fewer people participated. But still, maypole festivals are very popular in Austria and also the ceremonies around it.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:58:00

      Thank you Erika.. Yes it is a shame so many traditions are being neglected and forgotten.. But so pleased that this tradition is still being done in Austria.. Austria being such a beautiful country I have visited three times.. The meadows there are out of this world with the abundance of wild flowers.. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed your weekend too.. I had an extra long one and only just returning to blog land.. 🙂 xxx

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      • Erika Kind
        May 03, 2017 @ 18:08:06

        I am happy you have such lovely memories of Austria. That’s right there are o many areas around the mountains which are like paradise.
        I am glad you could enjoy your weekend so much. I had a very busy one but that was planned and everything worked out and could be done. YES!!

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  29. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature
    May 01, 2017 @ 15:24:18

    Wonderful post about May Day and Beltane! Thank you! Mostly, though, Happy Birthday!!! May you have a splendid year. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 13:59:57

      Bless you Mary… Thank you.. Yes lots of lovely happy May Day memories around the Maypole traditions in my school years.. And I so thank you Mary for your lovely B’day well wishes my way.. Lovely to see you and I hope to catch up with you if you have posted.. Very shortly.. Love and Hugs to you Mary.. xxxx ❤

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  30. prenin
    May 01, 2017 @ 15:28:35

    Nature is changing hun as more energy is pumped into the system by reckless, greedy, nations determined to be the top dog! 😦

    My regret is that I will die before the situation grows so dire it will be undeniable even by insane fools like Trump!!! 😦

    Love and hugs my friend – enjoy the holiday!!! 🙂

    Prenin.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 14:02:29

      Thank you Prenin.. Yes we all we have to do is look outside our windows and at our seasons to see how Change within our climate is happening.. Even though some are in denial.. Many thanks my friend.. Hope all is well with you Prenin.. And you had a good weekend.. ❤

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  31. From the Desk of MarDrag
    May 01, 2017 @ 18:24:00

    First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU…la la la la…!! I hope you have a most splendid birthday celebration. Second, thank you for writing about the lost art and power of these seasonal rituals. No matter what anyone believes in…prayer and ritual are so important to keep us connected. Enjoy your holiday…as I will! Wink! 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 14:12:03

      Many thanks dear Mar.. 🙂 and yes I had a wonderful weekend.. most days filled with family and celebrations of one sort or another 🙂 so a lovely Long weekend we had.. I agree with you.. rituals are important.. I feel many are now re-connecting. As we gather like minds in unity. Connecting our thoughts through our Earth Mother, we are being shown and guided back to such rituals in honouring these sacred rights of our ancestors we have long forgotten..
      And I know we are awakening in our remembering Mar.. And Thank you.. You too enjoy my friend.. LOVE and Blessings your way my dear friend xxx

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  32. stephensmustang1
    May 01, 2017 @ 20:24:06

    Happy Birthday, my friend. May it be a wonderful and perfect day.
    Love May Poles…and yes the weather is getting stranger and stranger.We have to take care of what is ours.
    Much love.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 14:14:36

      Thank you dear Elizabeth… I did have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend.. Only just getting back to base here with WP.. So catching up.. Much love right on back to you Elizabeth.. Big Hugs my friend xxx ❤

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  33. Tom Merriman
    May 01, 2017 @ 21:05:05

    Hope you’ve had a good birthday, Sue.
    And what interesting facts about the Maypole celebrations… I remember learning (badly) the dance in primary school, but never knew why we were doing it or what it meant. I’m going to have to look further into these ancient festivals, I’ve heard of a few but only really know their names. I’d love to know more.
    Happy May to you!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 14:20:01

      Haha… Yes the boys at our school I remember well never enjoyed the Maypole.. some thinking it too ‘sissified’ lol
      The boys though would learn a sword dance.. Our head teacher was a good carpenter at our junior school, and made eight sword like sticks.. To which they dances and learned how to slot together to make a star.. that one would hold up aloft. And they danced a little like the Morris dancers do.. Some made sticks with beer bottle tops as shakers on them.. But back in those days pop bottle tops came like beer bottle tops so the race was on in school for a bottle top collection.. 🙂 And yes I agree Tom.. there are lots of forgotten traditions..
      Many thanks for you May Day well wishes.. Tome 🙂 Happy May to you also xx

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  34. Hariod Brawn
    May 01, 2017 @ 23:00:19

    A really lovely and most informative article, dear Sue, for which many thanks. I must say, living down here in Glastonbury then there is no shortage of those still engaging in ancient ritual, and nature-based spiritual practices. I’m more conventionally Buddhistic, myself, but very much appreciate the eclectic nature of this region as regards its spiritual dispositions. Many pathways to the mountain top, as they say. With love and best wishes, Hariod. ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 14:26:22

      I have to say Hariod the older I have grown, the Eight Fold Pathway has spoken greatly to me.. Putting into perspective all the other pathways I have trodden to get to the road I now walk..
      And Glastonbury is steeped in ancient rituals… Such a beautiful part of the world too.. Many thanks dear Hariod. And you are right.. There are no right roads to the top.. For each pathway is part of the journey we choose to explore the views and experience the lessons upon the way.. And all roads lead us home.. 🙂

      Love and Many Blessings my good friend… ❤ xxx Sue

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  35. Lorna
    May 02, 2017 @ 02:15:45

    Happy Birthday, Sue. And what a lovely post! I remember doing the Maypole dance in elementary school, but didn’t know it’s rich tradition. We have lost our use of ritual because of so much fear. I would love to see more ritual brought back in respect for Nature and Mother Earth. Everything is so commercialized any more Thank you.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 03, 2017 @ 14:31:04

      Hi Lorna.. Oh so many thanks for your Birthday Wishes.. I am not surprised you too remember the Maypole.. And agree about the Fear.. so many distortions and lies as to fear such rituals which are based on ancient knowledge.. The one thing I feel is happening is that awareness is now being generated back to our Earth Mother and more are waking up to the damage we have done and are doing.. Respecting Nature and her elements is something I hope more will wake up to.. And hopefully such traditions of honouring our Earth Mother will come back into being again.. ❤ xxx ❤

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  36. voulaah
    May 02, 2017 @ 11:13:43

    Thank for good sharing dear Sue
    Kisses back to you

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  37. Hugh's Views and News
    May 03, 2017 @ 16:01:57

    A haunted Inn – The Moon Inn. I’d love to know the story behind who is haunting it, Sue.
    I do remember Maypoles but have always associated Morris Dancing with it. Is that right?

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  38. laura kilty
    May 03, 2017 @ 22:02:47

    Lá breithe shona duit Sue! I hope you had a love-filled day. May the year bring you many blessings, love and joy. And may the collective shift and reconnect to and start working with and honoring Mother Nature as is in the best interests of all! Le grá during this beautiful month of Bealtaine, Laura.x

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  39. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    May 03, 2017 @ 22:45:42

    We truly have lost our inner connections with Mother Nature.

    The Maypole dance video is beautiful…and so is your village. It’s a picturesque village, full of peace and simple happiness. I loved it… 🙂

    Your spring painting is vibrant and exudes colours of love… 🙂

    Have a great springtime ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 04, 2017 @ 13:16:47

      Hi Dear Mani.. Yes its still a quite village.. But when we grew up we had to leave as there were no new homes being built and the prices of any that came up for sale were far to expensive for a first time buyer.. Sad that happens to most village life.. As people come in and snap up cottages for second homes to rent out as holiday cottages etc.. And so the prices go sky high..
      Glad you enjoyed the painting too Man.. And yes Spring is truly here today.. The Sun is shining.. 🙂

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      • Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
        May 04, 2017 @ 17:30:03

        Perhaps that is the story with most villages these days. Here also, quaint villages are giving way to luxuriously built cottages which are second home to rich city people. The villages are losing their natural charm…slowly but surely…

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  40. Lois
    May 04, 2017 @ 03:25:28

    Sue, you grew up in such a beautiful area you would have had to drag me from there. The one thing missing here in the US is that feeling of history being such a young country in comparison to Europe.

    I only saw the Maypole dance once. A traveling group came to town when I was very young and my grandparents took me to witness the customs of this group of people, wish I remembered more about the group of people but I do recall loving watching the dancers wind then unwind the ribbons.

    We had our fire here Saturday night, couple of days early but it was when my family was here so that’s when we had to celebrate.

    It really bothers me to see so many disconnected from nature. It’s that disconnect that leads to the uncaring of what happens to the earth. I’m currently reading The Nature Principle by Richard Louv (just started it) in which he makes his case that not only children but adults too are suffering ill effects from what he calls nature deficit disorder. I’m seeing a lot more writers addressing the problems we’ve created for ourselves and the planet because we have replaced time in nature for time with technology. Like you I do hope people wake up sooner, rather than later as I feel our time is running out.

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  41. IreneDesign2011
    May 04, 2017 @ 18:37:21

    Happy belated Birthday Sue and good to hear, that you were surrounded by family and friends 🙂
    The private school, where I studied to be a teacher, does also celebrate May Day in Denmark, so some places are holding on to the traditions.
    I agree, it would be wonderful, if we could learn to use our nature in a much more positive way again. We are offered so much and only need to pay back with love ❤

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  42. becca givens
    May 05, 2017 @ 04:16:00

    Lovely post, Sue! Your painting makes me smile — such a great view! Happy Birthday and Birthday month!! Sending you a big hug! xoxo ❤

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  43. Herbsea
    May 05, 2017 @ 18:54:34

    Such a lovely and beautiful article about May. Feel positive after reading it. Thank you :-D!

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  44. Teagan Geneviene
    May 05, 2017 @ 19:53:42

    Oh Sue, I’m so late for May Day! What a week it’s been… Anyway I hope you had a wonderful day.
    This is such a lovely post. I only remember one May Day celebration and May pole, and I was a very small child, and it wasn’t much of one either. But there wasn’t (still isn’t) acceptance even as an old tradition of that in small southern towns here. I’ve always wished to see a celebration like you describe. So I really enjoyed this. Mega May Day hugs.

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  45. Renee Espriu
    May 06, 2017 @ 01:43:31

    When I was a girl we still sang many of the songs you actually have past history with. I remember them well. Love the write, your photos and such a beautiful piece of art. You are profoundly gifted in many ways my friend. 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 06, 2017 @ 08:58:07

      Thank you Renee.. I am a great believer and I have my Dad to thank for this, is that we are capable of turning our hands to most things.. For he used to teach us there is no such word and ‘can’t’.. So I have tried my hand at most things.. But I do not take any one of them for granted.. And I know how privileged I am to hold such gifts.. So many thanks dear Renee.. I appreciate that huge compliment ❤ 💐

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  46. robbiesinspiration
    May 06, 2017 @ 05:57:45

    Such a lovely post, Sue. We don’t celebrate May day in South Africa [it is autumn here] but my Mother tells stories of May day celebrations when she was a child growing up in Suffolk. Sounds so much fun.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 06, 2017 @ 09:39:47

      It is fun.. I wish they did more celebrations, but these customs are dying out in many places .. I am pleased your Mother remembers them.. They stood out in my childhood memories of ones of joy as we danced around the Maypole. 🙂 ❤

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  47. aussieian2011
    May 06, 2017 @ 11:43:21

    A beautiful post Sue, wishing you a great fantastic May season, and remember, your never too old to build a Maypole in your allotment, for the Grand Children to enjoy the memories that you have.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 06, 2017 @ 12:24:11

      Haha.. thanks Ian.. the next thing is the old shed to come down.. Now there should be enough wood in that for a few bonfires Lol.. though we are not permitted fires on the allotments.. 🙂 Many thanks my friend xx

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  48. aussieian2011
    May 06, 2017 @ 12:29:36

    Then have a bonfire night and a Maypole night together, no excuses.

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  49. bluebutterfliesandme
    May 07, 2017 @ 03:43:31

    I seriously been thinking a lot about putting up a May pole, I was fascinated by them since grammar school yet I have only seen pictures. ❤

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  50. 🌵VIVIMETALIUN🌵
    May 07, 2017 @ 10:37:32

    True the power of the big city speaks louder, and people do not want to but live close to nature, and this clearly denote in the forgetfulness of some natural herbs, unfortunately. 😀

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  51. lavendermoongirlblog
    May 09, 2017 @ 07:39:39

    Lovely post Sue. Thanks for sharing your home village too. Ickwell village, close to Cople has a May day festival every year on the village green. The day starts at daybreak with morris dancing at the May pole and bacon or egg roles. There is a procession later on and the crowning of the May Queen. It is a busy, lovely day and people come from far and wide because the festival is sadly one of a few remaining in villages in the UK. It is such a shame to see traditions fade away as our village communities change and commuters don’t often have the same community values or want to be part of a living history of village life. LolXxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 09, 2017 @ 13:28:38

      That sounds a wonderful day packed full of tradition in that village.. Yes sadly its now dying out.. So many in small villages now do not even know one another as many have taken on holiday cottages and they are full of strangers.. Many thanks LG for reading.. Hope you are enjoying Spring and May where you are my friend xxx ❤

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  52. lavendermoongirlblog
    May 09, 2017 @ 07:41:01

    Happy belated birthday Sue! I hope you enjoyed your day! Lol. Xxx

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